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Illinois Primary Election Highlights

Michelle O'Neill


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Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump won their respective presidential primaries in Illinois.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their respective primaries for President in Illinois Tuesday. Trump won by a 39-30 percent margin over Ted Cruz, and Clinton defeated Sanders with a 50-49 percent margin.

In the Quad Cities area, Clinton won in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry Counties. Sanders won in Whiteside, Carroll and Knox. Trump won all of our area counties, except for Mercer, which went for Cruz.

US Senate

Tammy Duckworth earned the right to challenge incumbent Republican Mark Kirk for his US Senate seat.

17th Congressional District 

Knox County Tea Party President Patrick Harlan won the right to challenge Democrat Cheri Bustos for her 17th Congressional District seat.

72nd Congressional District

In the 72nd State House Distict, Republican Brandi McGuire and Democrat Mike Halpin will face off in November to succeed Retiring Representative Pat Vershoore.

In Tuesday's Republican primary, McGuire defeated Jordan Thoms. In the Democratic primary, Halpin won the four-person race with 39 per cent of the vote, defeating Jeff Jacobs, Kate Hotle and Glen Evans.

Rock Island County Circuit Clerk

Tammy Weikert easily won the Democratic primary for Rock Island County circuit clerk. In voting Tuesday, she received 60 percent of the vote, while Amy Beeding got 40 percent. Weikert is now serving as circuit clerk after being appointed last summer. Beeding is currently deputy clerk.

Rock Island County Circuit Judge

In the race for circuit judge in Rock Island County, Kathleen Mesich easily defeated Clayton Lee. Her winning margin was 59 to 41 percent.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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